4am can’t sleep restless nights are my most creative
It was a moment Anthony Carbajal will never forget: standing on the stage of one of TV’s most popular talk shows, fighting for a cause that touches him and his family profoundly. All while his mom looked proudly on.
”Songs to fuck to mixtape” Nice And Slow by Les-Nyc
01 Xodiak - My Soul To Take
02 Ty Dolla $ign ft. The Weeknd & Wiz Khalifa - Or Nah
03 Shlohmo ft. Jeremih - Bo Peep (Do U Right)
04 PARTYNEXTDOOR - Persian Rugs
05 Johnny Rain ft. Alina Baraz - I Won’t Beg You Anymore
06 Jeremih - Fuck U All The Time (Shlohmo Remix)
07 Erik Hassle - Ready For You
08 The Weeknd - The Morning (Atlantic Connection mix)
09 Falcons - Boy Is Mine (Brandy x Monica)
10 SOMBEAR - Love You In The Dark
11 Beyoncé - Drunk In Love (Shash’U Remix)
12 Theophilus London ft. Lunice - I Wanna Kiss You
Sex, Drugs and Blood Money on the Rez, By Ruth Hopkins
…Some of the outsiders coming onto our reservations are pimps and sex offenders. Sexual violence against Native women is already an epidemic. One Native women in three is sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and although it’s seldom discussed, sex trafficking has been a problem in the Dakotas for years. The oil boom has amplified it. Native women and girls who fall between the cracks are lured by men into sex work, or even sold by male relatives.
Thankfully, Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Jon Tester (D-MT) have called attention to sex trafficking and taken action to combat it, but prevention can’t happen soon enough. As camps brought by Big Oil spring up on treaty lands, we’ll see more sexual violence perpetrated against Native women. The reauthorized Violence against Women Act, which includes provisions for Natives, will assist tribes in fighting domestic abuse and sex crimes, but it doesn’t take full effect until March 7, 2015. Tribes cannot prosecute non-Indian abusers until that date and even then participation is not mandatory.
The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women recently announced the release of three million dollars in grants to aid VAWA with Native provisions. That is seed money, but it won’t be enough, especially if the Keystone XL pipeline is implemented. South Dakota legislators must step up to the plate for Native women and take a strong stance in support of fighting sex trafficking in their state. Sen. Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Tester (D-MT), and Sen. Thune (R-SD) should all be questioned as to how they justify backing the Transcanada Keystone XL pipeline when it’s implementation will only make sex trafficking throughout the Northern Plains worse.
Politicians talk out of both sides of their mouths all the time, but that doesn’t mean Natives can’t call them on it and use our voting power to influence their decisions. As the Bakken oil boom peaks and fades, we will continue to see a rise in crime, in substance abuse, in sex trafficking, and in violence against Native women. We must act now to protect Native communities, and work toward educating tribal members on finance management. Above all, we must remember that no amount of money is worth the lives of our sisters.
Arthur Gosse | Michael Kors SS15 New York Fashion Week
If you played with Barbies,
Slip N’ Slide,
Listened to the Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, NSync and the Spice Girls
On Hit Clips, a Boom Box, or a Walkman,
Collected and traded Pokemon cards,
Wrote with Gel Pens,
Wore butterfly clips,
And Snap Bracelets,
And remember watching these guys: